My wife who has been 10 years as a pre school teacher totally agrees & she highly recommends this since she used this and is still using it with her students and had a great experience with it. She particularly mentioned about 'A very hungry caterpillar'.nwcrazy said:First, I'd like to say that kids who learn to read early are (more than likely) NOT smarter than other kids. Involved parents are the difference.
With that said, may I suggest you get ANY or ALL of the Eric Carle books. They're fantastic. The first book my daughter ever read was an Eric Carle book.
I just wanted to let you know about a free Kindle book that's getting great reviews. It's called "The Alphabet Book of Animals - Easy Ways to Learn The ABCs" by Chris Q Sheridan.jollysmith123 said:I find it very important that kids get into the habit of reading. Could anyone suggest some good books that they can start of with. Books that are simple, with good language, and interesting too.
Same here. Me and her dad still had a bunch of books from our childhood and I started reading to her from the moment she came home from the hospital. She may not have understood a thing but it's a good way to introduce books as a normal daily routine and she loved just hearing her mom and dad's voice. By the time she was 6 months old, she was more active but was really loving her books and looking at the pictures. You could start telling she had her favourite stories, which indicated to us she was starting to understand more words than she was able to say. We piled up on different books. We bought one or 2 books every month for years. I enjoyed that. Reading the same book all the time was a bit gag inducing. I bought books on space, geography, science, animals, safety at home and in the community, children's issues (She still likes this one about bullying), being helpful, fantasy (She loved Cosgrove books, her favourite was Catundra). She started reading novels when she was in grade 2. Now she is expanding her Warriors and Goosebumps collection very quickly and is now into manga, particularly The Black Butler and can finish a novel or 2 in a day. At first I didn't believe she was actually reading the whole story until she gave me summaries of the book in detail and knows the personalities and backstory of every one of the vast characters. She has a mature taste in books and takes to the novels she has to read in class and has been asking me to get those novels for herself so she can read them again. She's been writing songs and her own stories, well, stories inspired by her favourite novels. Originality was never a very strong attribute to anyone in the family, despite our artistic skills.dangerouslydead said:My daughter who is 8 years now, reads a lot of books that are imaginative and gripping. She is hung up on books like Judy Moody, Goosebumps, Choose your own adventure. What I do is supplement these with books like encyclopaedia, biographies and general books on ancient history.
Being from a book publishing background I have kept a pretty healthy library for her since her birth. Right from Alphabet books and Picture books as a toddler to comic books, abridged classics (Jules Verne being one of her favourites), I've spent a fortune buying these books. My only lament is that that we do not have community libraries anymore. Growing up, we had access to great libraries in our neighbourhood.
My suggestion would be to balance the kind of books you procure for them. Keep a healthy mix of facts, fiction, adventure and fun. They need to check out everything before making their choice.